Botanising Israel, an epic adventure of war and wildflowers, part 8

It’s international biodiversity day today and whenever I visit this little country I cannot get over its amazing (and threatened) number of different plant species. 2800 in a country the same size as Wales, which has just under 500. Yesterday we met Israels 4 native oak species.

Quercus ithaburensis

Quercus ithaburensis

Quercus boissieri

Quercus boissieri

Quercus cerris

Quercus cerris

Quercus calliprinos

Quercus calliprinos

 

 

 

 

 

Botanising Israel, an epic adventure of war and wildflowers, part 7

I am in Tel Aviv and it’s now over a year since my last Israel post. A family wedding has brought me here at a different time of year.

Most of the wildflowers here are over for the year and only their dry golden brown seedheads remain. So in order to find some green we headed to Tel Aviv’s rock garden in Yarkon Park, a real tribute to the world’s succulent plants, and we found lots of flowers.

Calotropis procera

Calotropis procera

 

Calotropis procera

Calotropis procera

 

Mother in laws cushion cactus (Echinocactus grusonii)

Mother in laws cushion cactus (Echinocactus grusonii)

Echinocactus grusonii flower

Echinocactus grusonii flower

Aloe
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